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carboxylic acid

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noun Chemistry.
  1. any organic acid containing one or more carboxyl groups.

Origin of carboxylic acid

First recorded in 1900–05; carboxyl + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for carboxylic acid

carboxylic acid

noun
  1. any of a class of organic acids containing the carboxyl groupSee also fatty acid
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carboxylic acid

[kär′bŏk-sĭlĭk]
  1. An organic acid containing one or more carboxyl groups. Carboxylic acids often have names ending in -oic acid, such as benzoic acid. Amino acids, fatty acids, and many other important organic compounds are carboxylic acids.
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